BC’s coastal forest industry has never been under this much pressure to keep pace with the global market place.

The TLA’s 73rd Annual Convention & Trade Show will take place January 13 – 15, 2016 at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver. Over this three-day event, we find out how our industry needs to evolve to succeed in the face of steep change.

“With this year’s theme, Adapting To Steep Change, we take a hard look at how the forest industry can work together to stay competitive,” said David Elstone, TLA Executive Director. “We have a supply chain at risk unless we improve conditions for contractors. This week we look at what’s being done and still needs to be done to ensure long-term global competitiveness.”

“Our delegates have a packed schedule,” said Elstone. “Global competitiveness is at the forefront of our advocacy work looking forward. This program looks at different aspects of that work including: the changing role of First Nations in forestry, the technology behind steep slope logging and the government policy being created to keep our industry competitive on a global scale.”

“We are also pleased that Minister Thomson is able to come on Friday morning and share his insight on the forest industry and how government is supporting timber harvesting contractors,” said Elstone. “We appreciate the government’s steadfast recognition of the importance forest industry in the province.”

The TLA (Truck Loggers Association) represents over 450 independent forest contractors and their suppliers operating on the coast of British Columbia. Our membership supports thousands of workers and, along with other independent contractors, accounts for close to 90% of the trees harvested on the coast. The TLA promotes a thriving, sustainable coastal forest industry in BC.

For more information: Brenda Martin, Director of Communications, The Truck Loggers Association Phone: 604.684.4291 ◦ Cell: 604.339.7554 ◦ Fax: 604.684.7134 ◦ Email: brenda@tla.ca Twitter: @truckloggerBC ◦ Website: www.tla.ca